IP Dealmakers Forum will host 200+ patent monetization bigs in NY

The second annual IP Dealmakers Forum, December 7 – 8, will bring together leaders from the finance, legal and business communities to discuss the issues affecting patent licensing, sales and value, and to facilitate transactions. New this year is a separate workshop for institutional investors that focuses on understanding IP as an asset class. This invitation-only, closed-door […]

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Google’s patent buying program, an apparent success, is thinly reported

Better than one-in-four of the patents offered to Google for purchase as a result of its Patent Purchase Promotion in May were acquired by the search engine. The only article we could find about IP buying experiment’s results appeared in IEEE Spectrum, which is published by a professional association of engineers. IP CloseUp has learned that IEEE […]

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Angry musicians are pushing back on royalties – Will inventors follow?

Song writers may have something to teach inventors when it comes to getting a fair share for their intellectual property rights, or not.   Confusion faced by writers and performers in the recording industry over “legal” downloading of copyrighted work by aggregators like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube have forced a range of musicians to question the […]

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High Court’s ruling on damages may re-invigorate patent licensing

The Supreme Court of the United States is in the position to make patent licensing meaningful again.  At least that is what some experts believe. SCOTUS has agreed to hear a case relating to willful patent infringement that could be a game changer for some businesses attempting to license. Over the past several years the […]

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Acacia shares off 20% on poorer than expected 3Q results

Acacia Research Corp. (NASDAQ: ACTG) was slammed in after-hours trading yesterday and is off 20% by noon today. The S&P 500 Index gained .66%. The company reported that revenues were $12,994,000, as compared to $37,192,000 in the similar prior-year quarter. Its non-GAAP net loss was $11,458,000, or -$0.23 per diluted share, as compared to non-GAAP […]

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The future of IP will be examined at the 10th IP Summit in Berlin

Uncertainty is putting pressure on patents, trademarks and copyrights. All are facing more scrutiny and a challenging future.   Scrutinizing these fundamental issues on December 3rd and 4th in Berlin will be more than 600 IP holders, executives and investors attending the Intellectual Property Summit. Organized by Premier Cercle, it will be the tenth edition of the […]

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PIPEX patent company index falls 15.4% for 3Q, double the S&P 500

The PIPEX intellectual property sector stock index fell more than twice as much as the S&P 500 as the effects of the Alice and IPRs, in combination with a correcting stock market, came into play.  Rambus, while loosing 18.6% in the quarter, still has gained 6.4% Year-to-Date, largely as a result of excellent 1Q and […]

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More patent holders (and buyers) are valuing perception over reality

Lack of certainty and the high cost of monetizing patents are motivating some businesses to acquire impressive looking patents, not necessarily valid or essential ones.   A reputation for innovation or R&D prowess has become a far more valuable asset since the American Invents Act was passed a few years ago. IBM, among others, has […]

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“Happy Birthday” is an orphan copyright, not yet public domain

U.S. District Judge George H. King’s ruling earlier this week means that “Happy Birthday to You” is now what’s known as an “orphan work” — a copyrighted work that’s so old that nobody knows who to pay in order to use it legally. It is not necessarily in the public domain but may be by […]

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E.D. TX patent suits up 165% in first half; NY and So Cal also gain

After a dip in filings for 2014, Texas is back as the undisputed leader in hearing patent suits filed by plaintiffs for the first half of 2015; New York and California were up, too. Patent suits filed in the Eastern District of Texas for the first two quarters were up 165.7% over 2014, according to […]

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Vision meets commerce is focus of the 50th LES annual meeting in NY

Big Ideas: The Intersection of Innovation & Business is the theme of  this years Licensing Executives Society annual meeting to be held in New York, October 25-28. Speakers from  Google, GE Ventures, J&J, Columbia Technology Ventures and Samsung will participate in the plenaries at this year’s 50th anniversary meeting at the Marriott Marquis. Plenary Session – “Big […]

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Patent quality puzzle is dissected in new WIP0 magazine article

A good patent is becoming increasingly harder to find. In the current issue of WIPO Magazine my article, “The puzzle that is patent quality,” looks at how the importance, market value and reliability of a patent can vary with perspective, as well as its right to exist. Patent quality may start with validity but it does […]

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